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Former 'Simpsons' Showrunner David Mirkin Explains the Importance of Timeless Comedy

"A policy that I always try to follow — and that really everybody does— is that you’re really trying to write something that’s going to be funny 20 years from the time you write it … We always think of not dating the show. And therefore it can become timeless. And that’s what classic things are. It’s not fun to see something 20 years later that’s laden with references that no longer work."

- Former Simpsons showrunner David Mirkin explains how to create comedy that's timeless in a new interview with Vulture.

Jerrod Carmichael Promotes His HBO Special by Sponsoring a Pee-Wee Football Team

With the premiere of his HBO standup special Love at The Store just around the corner, Jerrod Carmichael decided to channel his influence and promotional needs by reaching out to today's youth to make a difference by sponsoring a pee-wee football team, as long as the name "CARMICHAEL" can be clearly read on their uniforms.

Key and Peele Give Some Helpful Gay Wedding Advice

Here's another sneak peek of Key and Peele's new season premiering tomorrow night, in which Key plays a gay man who advises a straight family on how to dress, where to sit, and the correct way to behave during their gay relative's wedding, which unfortunately will not include RuPaul or any gay hymns.

Ben Schwartz Explains How His Haircut Led to a Role on 'Parks and Rec'

"Prior to that, my hair was crazy. I'd been working with Mitch Hurwitz on a pilot, and I mentioned needing to get a haircut. But he's like, 'No, no, no, you will not touch that hair.' So because that went well and I thought it made me stand out more, I was like, 'Fuck it, I'm gonna keep it for auditions.' So I go to Parks and we're about to film my one-and-a-half pages of trying to be Ron [Swanson]'s assistant. Mike Schur comes down, wanting to see how I'm gonna play it, and he just fell in love with my hair. I did Jean-Ralphio once and Mike goes, 'We're [...]

USA's 'Benched' Starring Eliza Coupe to Premiere on October 28th

Early this year it was announced that USA had ordered 12 episodes of a new half-hour comedy starring Happy Endings' Eliza Coupe called Benched, and the network just announced the official premiere date. Deadline reports that the show — which was co-created by Michaela Watkins, Damon Jones, and Party Down's John Enbom — will premiere on USA Tuesday, October 28th at 10:30pm. The series also stars Jay Harrington, Oscar Nunez, Maria Bamford, Jolene Purdy, and Carter MacIntyre and centers on Coupe as "a high-powered corporate attorney who has a very public nervous breakdown after getting passed up for an expected promotion, and finds herself working in the [...]

Abbi and Ilana Talk 'Alex Mack,' Gum Chewing, and More in 'Hack Into Broad City'

Here's the second episode of Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer's new web series Hack Into Broad City, in which Abbi cleans her fridge, Ilana cleans a pair of fake boobs, arguments about gum are had, and classic Nickelodeon shows are appreciated. Check out the first episode here if you missed it.

Saturday Night's Children: Chevy Chase (1975-1976)

Saturday Night Live has been home to over a hundred cast members throughout the past 39 years. In our column Saturday Night’s Children, we present the history, talent, and best sketches of one SNL cast member every other week for your viewing, learning, and laughing pleasure.

As much as SNL's debut season cast needed to mesh and support each other during the early years, they also needed to set precedents for seasons to come — such as abandoning the show for wider Hollywood success. Chevy Chase wasted no time setting such a precedent, leaving the show not long after his very first season; he was originally hired as a [...]

Bill Hader Tells Craig Ferguson About His 'Silence of the Lambs' Talk Show Sketch Idea

Bill Hader stopped by The Late Late Show last night, where he told Ferguson about one of his favorite scrapped SNL sketch ideas called "The Jame Gumb Talk Show" that Ferguson begged him to come back and perform sometime. Unfortunately the rest of the cast and writers at SNL weren't as excited about the sketch idea as Hader, Seth Meyers, and John Mulaney were.

Here's a Sneak Peek of 'South Park's 18th Season

South Park's 18th season premieres this Wednesday at 10:00pm, and Comedy Central released the above sneak peek featuring Cartman as the head of a corporation that's taken advantage of the pulled trademark for the Washington Redskins' team name, which deeply offends team owner Dan Snyder.

Kenan Thompson Will Reportedly Leave 'SNL' After Season 40

Kenan Thompson's long SNL stint has entered its home stretch. TMZ reports that Thompson will leave SNL after the upcoming season; Thompson reportedly planned to leave after season 39 but was asked by Lorne Michaels to stay another year due to the high cast turnover. Thompson "has no hard feelings and is leaving on great terms," and TMZ also reports that he's in talks for a brand new show and plans on moving to Los Angeles after SNL ends to work on the project.

Thompson joined the cast back in 2003 and currently holds the record of having the third longest cast member tenure ever, second only [...]

Leslie Jones, Mike O'Brien, LaKendra Tookes, and More Have Reportedly Left the 'SNL' Writing Staff

Saturday Night Live updated the "About" section of their website this week to include newly hired writers Alison Rich, Jeremy Beiler, Natasha Rothwell, Streeter Seidell, and Nick Rutherford, but even more important are some of the names that are no longer credited as full-time writers this year. According to the SNL website, season 39 writers Leslie Jones, Paula Pell, Marika Sawyer, LaKendra Tookes, and Mike O'Brien will not be officially returning to the writing staff. Sawyer has moved on from SNL to work with John Mulaney on his new Fox sitcom, Paula Pell (who has been an SNL writer since 1995) is currently busy working on [...]

Ana Gasteyer Issues a Public Apology to Martha Stewart on 'Late Night'

It took some time, but on last night's Late Night, Ana Gasteyer finally mustered the courage to apologize to Martha Stewart for the many times she's mocked and impersonated her on SNL and beyond. It's an honest and detailed apology, so hopefully Martha can find it in her heart to forgive.

What's on TV This Week: The Season Premieres of 'Key and Peele,' 'SNL,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine,' and More

This week is full of premieres. The Big Bang Theory kicks it off tonight on CBS with its season 8 premiere. ABC keeps it going Wednesday with all new episodes of The Middle, The Goldbergs, and Modern Family as well as the new series Black-ish starring Anthony Anderson. Wednesday night also has the season premieres of South Park and Key and Peele on Comedy Central. NBC continues the stride on Saturday with a new SNL hosted by Chris Pratt, and Fox brings it to a close with new seasons of The Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Family Guy on Sunday. And while this week welcomes back shows it also says goodbye to Married at [...]

NBC Buys Two Comedies from John Krasinski

Former Office star John Krasinski just sold two new comedies to NBC. Deadline reports that Krasinski has landed two new comedy projects through his production company Sunday Night. The first untitled series is a single-cam comedy written by Shawn Wines and co-executive produced with Aaron Kaplan about "a disgraced law student who, out of options, is forced to turn to the exotic and lucrative world of NYC garbage collection." The second single-cam comedy is a workplace/family show from former 30 Rock writers/producers Josh Siegal and Dylan Morgan set on "a middle-aged ad executive who unexpectedly loses his job and cobbles together a ragtag team to launch his own [...]